Meeting at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Moab, you'll start your trip with a short bus ride to the launch site on the Colorado River. Once you have met your guides and they secure your gear, you'll set off for Cataract Canyon. The minute you embark, you shed the hustle and bustle of life as the river washes all worry away. You'll glide along smooth-flowing currents snaking your way through Canyonlands National Park where red rock spires, sandstone castles, and remote buttes offer unequalled opportunities for photography. Cliffside hikes will take you to Native American ruins and petroglyphs as well as remnants of an ancient petrified forest.
The cliffs soar to greater heights as the canyon deepens to over 2,000 feet. The mighty Colorado River crashes down the canyon with nearly 30 action-packed whitewater rapids! Capsize, Little Niagara, Repeat, and the notorious “Big Drops,” your raft will hurtle over 30 foot waves with the power and intensity of the Grand Canyon. After you pass Imperial Rapid, you can relax your grip and reminisce over your incredible journey. Enjoy your final night of camping at the river's edge as your guides prepare a splendid meal with savory appetizers, rich barbecue dinner, and a delicious Dutch-oven dessert. Once the final rays of sun paint the canyon walls and stars envelop the sky, you will fall asleep under a wondrous night sky.
Once you have finished breakfast, you'll embark on your final day of rafting. You'll bask in the morning sun as you wind through towering, sandstone canyons heading downriver to Lake Powell. Savor a final lunch along the river with your new friends before bidding farewell to the mighty Colorado River. You will return to Moab, Utah aboard a 5-7 seat Cessna aircraft, passing over Canyonlands National Park in a one-hour scenic flight (arriving approximately 4:00 PM - Return time may be earlier depending on flight schedules).
After returning to Moab, we highly recommend adding a Sunset Hummer Safari to your itinerary. You'll have time to check into your hotel, relax, eat some dinner, and then experience a one-of-a-kind off-road adventure. You'll ride over incredible sandstone fins out to a beautiful sunset overlook that will take your breath away. For optional 2-hour to full-day excursions in Moab, Utah before or after your trip plus helpful Moab area information, visit Western River's Moab Adventure Center.
If you're flying, the following options are generally the most common:
Salt Lake City, Utah .................. 4 hr drive
Denver, Colorado ..................... 6 hr drive
The first morning of your trip, eat breakfast, then meet at 7:30 AM in the lobby of Marriott SpringHill Suites, Moab (1865 N Hwy 191, Moab, UT, 435-355-0042). You'll take a short bus ride to the Colorado River location where your rafting adventure begins.
Along with Marriott SpringHill Suites (where you will be picked up the morning of your trip), Moab offers numerous lodging options, which include hotels, motels, bed and breakfast properties, ranch resorts, condos, homes, and campsites. Hotel options include Gonzo Inn, Big Horn Lodge, and Best Western Canyonlands. Because Moab is a popular adventure travel location, we encourage guests to make reservations early. This link offers a variety of lodging choices:
You will likely want to reserve at least one night of lodging on the final day of your trip as you'll return to Moab around 3:00 PM. If you will be traveling on but wish to shower before leaving Moab, we can direct you to several locations in town that offer shower facilities.
Tip » We highly recommend adding a Sunset Hummer Safari to your itinerary. You'll ride over incredible sandstone fins out to a beautiful sunset overlook that will take your breath away.